One of the first comebacks that people who aren’t willing to let go of the desktop/notebook paradigm against iPad is that it’s just a consumption device and not one for creation. This is said despite the fact that iPad has awesome creativity apps like iMovie and Garageband as well as the complete iWorks suite of apps. It was only a matter of time that a full featured visual programming IDE has not arrived to the iPad in the form of Codify.
Novell has a working version of Mono called MonoTouch for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad which lets you create C# and .NET applications for the platform with .NET bindings for native iPhone APIs. It integrates with XCode, so .NET developers can easily work on creating stunning apps for the iPhone. Seems as if Novell is trying to repeat the same strategy for Android with MonoDroid. This was confirmed by Miguel de Icaza who works for Novell, on his blog:
Visual Studio 2010 is the latest version of Microsoft’s IDE which has a new improved UI build using WPF, tools for Windows 7 and SharePoint 2010, drag and drop bindings for Silverlight and WPF, parallel programming support and the inclusion of Dynamic Language Runtime for programming with scripting languages. The release of Visual Studio 2010 was delayed (originally 22nd March) due to some performance issues but now the new launch date is April 12, 2010 according to Mary Jo Foley who picked it up from Developer Division’s Marketing and Communications Manager Rob Caron’s blog.
Visual Studio 2010 and .Net 4 Beta will be released to MSDN subscribers today and will be released to the general public this Wednesday, 20th May. If you have an MSDN account you’ll be able to download it in an hour or two. Meanwhile, you can read this post to get an overview of what’s coming in this new release, or you can check out the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 First Look website.
Update: It’s up now on MSDN and weighs at 1,164.30 MB for the Visual Studio 2010 Professional Beta 1 (x86) DVD ISO. And .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1 (x86 and x64) is around 158 MB. Get them now!
Mary Jo Foley has gotten information that Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and .NET 4 might be rolled out next week, possibly around 18th May. VS 2010 will ship with F# now where as Iron Python will ship out of band, like F# does for VS 2008. Microsoft already pushed out a Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 CTP in October 2008 at PDC which was in the form of an image for Virtual PC.
Here’s what you should expect from VS 2010 Beta 1:
A lot of work is being done on the looks of the editor to improve the usability and provide a newer and modernized WPF UI throughout VS 2010. This is what it will look like:
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